Fall is just about here and it’s time to get cozy. Whether you’re looking to impress a summer love for another season, or you’re planning out some date nights to look forward to with a significant other, these unique date ideas in the city can help keep the romance alive and moving forward this fall. Because it’s way too early in the year to get into Netflix and chill mode just yet!
Here are our top unique fall date ideas in Toronto.
Take a fall hike and stop for a picnic
You do not need to travel far from downtown to get a taste of the outdoors, along with some stunning fall colours. Plan a hike and a picnic around Rouge National Urban Park where you can choose from over 15 trails ranging from 15 minutes – 2 hours, or Don Valley Brickworks, where audio tours are on offer if you want to learn about the geological history of the area as you walk, or High Park, which is also home to a zoo, greenhouses, and the Grenadier Café.
Hit up the Canzine Festival of Zines and Indie Print Culture
This zine festival has been running for over 25 years, uniting a community of passionate writers, crafters, and artists from across the country. Plan a date for Saturday, October 1st and head to the Toronto Reference Library to join in the celebration of print culture and all things handmade. You’ll surely leave with plenty to talk about.
Forest bathe at the Royal Botanical Gardens
Engage your senses at the Toronto Botanical Garden’s September 24th guided forest bathing experience event led by a certified forest therapy guide. Unplug for a Saturday with your partner and immerse yourself in the colours and scents of the season. Leave feeling renewed, and a little more deeply connected to your wildness.
Stroll around the Word on the Street’s Pop-Up Festival
Couples that share a love of books can make a day of this community pop-up festival/celebration of reading at Evergreen Brick Works on Sunday, September 25th. Explore over 30 exhibitors, hear author talks, and take author-led forest walks around this picturesque, ravine-lined abandoned brick-making factory.
Get spooked at the After Dark Film Fest
The spooky season is almost here. Cozy up in front of the big screen after hours at Scotiabank Theatre and take in one of the new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult short and feature films that will be playing between October 19 – 23rd.
Get creative at a freestyle painting night
Let your creative juices flow at one of the in-studio freestyle painting nights at this Danforth art studio, shop, and cafe. Enjoy some snacks and banter over freestyle painting, or, check out one of the weekly guided painting workshops on offer for a more structured experience.
Watch a movie under the stars as the Oakville Drive-In
For privacy and novelty factor, a drive-in movie experience is a truly unique and inviting date night. The 5 Drive-in Theatre in Oakville has been around since the early ’60s and now serves patrons with 3 screens, showing the Hollywood films you’d see at any chain theatre. It’s just 30 minutes from downtown. Pack up the car with blankets, and pillows, and prepare to unwind.
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